Wednesday, 20 November 2013


Geisha's, temples and Japanese gardens. Kyoto is one of Japans most beautiful cities and is steeped in history.
A short ride from Osaka, there was no excuse not to go (even if the jet lagged still killed every morning). Once we navigated the trains, worked out how to buy our tickets and found the right platform, we hopped on a train and off we went.

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1600 budhist temples and 400 shinto shrines, Kyoto is one of Japan's oldest and most preserved cities.

Kiyomizu-dera is a centally located beauty of a temple. It was founded in 798, over a thousand years ago. Absolutely huge and looking down over Osaka from the top of a hill, it'll surprise you to know that not a single nail was used in the building.

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If you're thirsty you can sip from the natural spring that runs by the temple. They say that water from the spring can help improve exam results, I'm sure it is why this lot were gulping it down.

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As the evening set in we headed off for some breathtaking architecture at Kinkaku-ji, the Golden Temple. Wandering around the gardens in dusk, the sun beaming onto the gold leaf building and light bouncing off the lake it was hard not to love Japan.

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